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Department of Medicine Archives

New method aids heart disease studies, drug discovery efforts

Jan. 14, 2016—A team of Vanderbilt investigators developed a new method for rapidly generating heart muscle cells from stem cells.

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Improving colonoscopy prep

Jan. 11, 2016—Providing an educational booklet on colonoscopy preparation increased the odds of an adequate quality of bowel preparation by more than two-fold.

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Computer extracts cancer stage

Nov. 13, 2015—Vanderbilt investigators developed a computerized natural language processing algorithm to extract cancer stages from electronic medical records.

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Immune system a must for kidney repair

Nov. 12, 2015—A signaling protein that is essential for recovery from acute kidney injury works by increasing the population of tissue-repairing immune cells.

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Wheeler’s contributions to critical care lauded

Nov. 12, 2015—Arthur Wheeler, M.D., professor of Medicine, received the 2015 Presidential Honor Lecture Award last month from the American College of Chest Physicians during the college’s international meeting in Montreal.

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Inflammation, obesity and diabetes

Oct. 29, 2015—Vanderbilt study adds to the mounting role for inflammatory signaling in obesity.

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A bundle, a dashboard and lasting pneumonia reduction

Oct. 20, 2015—A “bundle” of electronically implemented care guidelines reduced intensive care unit patient complications related to mechanical ventilation.

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Healing without scarring

Oct. 16, 2015—Drugs that inhibit the Wnt signaling pathway can regenerate injured skin and may be useful in treating fibromatosis, degenerative joint disease and cancer.

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Risk of death in the ICU

Oct. 15, 2015—The irregular heart rhythm atrial fibrillation increases the risk of death in patients in the intensive care unit.

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Major grant boosts AIDS education, training efforts

Oct. 8, 2015—Vanderbilt University has been awarded a major federal grant — $16 million over four years — to coordinate AIDS education and training efforts in Tennessee and seven other southeastern states.

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Collaboration seeks to develop new therapies for bone, other diseases

Oct. 1, 2015—La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co. and Vanderbilt University have signed a research and license agreement covering Vanderbilt’s research program and intellectual property rights related to compounds that block bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) type-I receptors. The compounds have therapeutic potential in a broad range of diseases, including rare genetic disorders.

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How to build a basement

Sep. 9, 2015—Understanding the action of a certain enzyme will shed light on basement membrane function, and on disorders ranging from diabetic kidney disease to cancer.

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Recent Stories from VUMC News and Communications Publications

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer.  Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Momentum

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer. Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

Vanderbilt Medicine

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

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